The Detroit Pistons struggled without star center Andre Drummond and couldn’t withstand Miami’s ball movement and 3-point barrage falling 111-104. The Heat heat 17 of their 34 3-point attempt and had 29 assists on 43 field goals.
While it’d be easy to dwell on what went wrong for Detroit, including poor play from backup center Eric Moreland, a rusty Avery Bradley in his first game back in over two weeks and stagnant late-game offense, I’d rather focus on the positives.
With Drummond out nursing a rib contusion, Boban Marjanovic started at center. The big man played extremely well on offense scoring 15 points and adding nine rebounds and three assists in nearly 22 minutes.
Reggie Bullock continued his hot shooting with 17 points and 5 3-pointers. Luke Kennard was a silky smooth 6-of-7 from the floor and had 13 points. Hell, Tobias Harris shot eight free-throws tonight, which seems crazy to me.
Even Detroit’s newest member, Dwight Buycks showed out with 14 points and four assists. He looked extremely capable of being a legitimate backup point guard tonight, which must have been a very welcome sight for Stan Van Gundy.
Miami was led by Kelly Olynyk who came off the bench and roasted Boban from the perimeter for a stretch in the first quarter on his way to a 25-point night. Goran Dragic chipped in 24 points and Josh Richardson added 22, including five 3s.